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Looking for a hot, exciting
new way to get active? Try
kiteboarding! It’s highly
recommended to get lessons
before you dive in, since zipping
across the waves as you’re towed
by your own massive kite can be
a bit on the dangerous side if not
done properly. But once you’re
ready to roll, get yourself kitted
out at Cabrinha Kites. They’re
leaders in the field when it comes
to this challenging and exhilarating
Does the idea of
choosing a yoga
studio leave you
feeling restless and
uncertain? Fear not.
With the Passport to
Prana, you can take
one sample class at
studio in Miami until
Aug. 31. Buy your card, activate it online, and you’re ready to roll. It’s a great way to
find the right match for your yoga needs without triggering your deep-rooted fear
of commitment; $30, PassportToPrana.com.
Spa of the Max of my career as a spa director
is what I call the “before-and-after faces”: The
frazzled look in my clients’ eyes when they arrive,
and the blissful expressions when they depart
that confirm we did our job. Recently, however,
one guest said that by the time she got home
after swerving through traffic, she was back to
her “before” face. Sound familiar? Read on.
1. Prepare: Get in the right frame of mind
before you arrive at the spa. Play soothing
music. Don’t honk at traffic. Breathe.
2. Communicate: Rather than requesting the
same massage, give your therapists details
about areas of tension so they can customize
3. Experiment: Try new treatments. Ask for the
candles, music, oils and other elements you like.
4. Pamper: Massages boost the immune
system and reduce blood pressure, among other
health benefits. And, we make it convenient:
Spa memberships are just $60 a month.
5. Eat Right: Proper diet and water intake will
keep you feeling your best.
6. Indulge: Rather than returning home after
a spa visit, many guests book rooms at Conrad
Miami and prolong the relaxation.
Paola Pardo, Manager of The
Spa at Conrad Miami, balances
management with ongoing hands-
on practice to stay abreast of
her clients’ needs. She is also an
avid visitor to her own spa; 1395
Brickell Ave.; 305.503.6533;
Laughs We’ve convinced these at-
home fitness gadgets were
invented by comedians who
love the idea of making us
look ridiculous, even if they
use them themselves. Toss
that Shake Weight to the
side and head to the gym!
34 Giddy Up
Did you have a toy pony when you
were a kid? Well, the Osim iGallop is
basically the same idea: a spring-
powered bucking bronco for you to
bounce around on while catching up
on General Hospital; $198, Osim.com
Think of it as the big brother of the Shake
Weight — a long plastic bar that wiggles
around vigorously once you rattle it.
Apparently the workout comes from
holding on in order to avoid whacking
yourself in the head; $99, BodyBlade.com.
It’s a jump rope without the rope!
Which, as far as we can tell, is basically
the same thing as just bouncing up and
down in place for no particular reason.
Save your dignity and try jogging;